Another week, another inspiring event that shows how far QA’s rapidly growing apprenticeship programme has come. And another incredible opportunity for the young people whose careers we have helped to start.
On Tuesday night the inaugural Microsoft Apprentice of the Year award ceremony took place at the House of Commons. This prestigious national award has been set up by Microsoft to recognise the outstanding efforts and achievements of apprentices in developing their workplace skills and experience.
We recently asked our apprenticeship learners what kind of careers advice they received at school. The answers were mixed, with the traditional options (degree, college, job) being presented to them but not much real direction offered.
Calls from various industry bodies tell us that the injection of young talent is vital to the ongoing growth of the IT sector. But the question is how do we encourage young people to seriously consider a career in IT?
Personnel Today outline that despite 79% of employers seeing quick positive return on their investment in apprenticeships, four in ten employers still found them difficult to access and organise.
Having started my career as a trainee IT technician I was very interested when our CEO asked me to get involved in leading the QA IT Apprenticeship programme. Having searched and searched for my first IT job, I remember well the day that after 6 months of applying for jobs my first boss called me up and said – “wanna job!”
Recently Management Today asked “Will HR soon be a thing of the past”…What is certain is that the HR function is now under more pressure than ever to deliver strategic value to their organisations and not just manage transactions.
It’s been so long since I attended an instructor led training (ITL) event that it dawned on me that I’d started to forget what this approach to learning is all about!